Black flags protest continues, 'Modi go back' chants echo in TN

Javier Stokes
April 15, 2018

He lauded the efforts of the Ministry and said that he was delighted to see over 500 Indian and over 150 foreign companies participating in the exposition. "However, peace is preferable to war".

PM Modi asserted that though India is a peace loving country but to protect people and territory well-equipped our Armed Forces are essential.

The Prime Minister's comments can be seen in the light of the relations between India and China, who have 3,488 km of un-demarcated boundary along the Himalayan ridgeline and the repeated attempts by Pakistan to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir. As Modi's convoy passed through the sprawling IIT Madras campus on the way to institute, some in the crowd briefly raised placards against the Central government on the Cauvery issue. He further launches defence excellence scheme.

"Cauvery water is the lifeline for the people of Tamil Nadu". This is the land of our glorious maritime legacy. Black flags and huge black balloons flew high on the sky with a clear message written on them, asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "go back'". The Sikh Federation UK also said in a statement that the community is asking the Commonwealth countries to stop right-wing groups from turning India into a "Hindu State by 2021 run by upper class Hindus".

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DMK working president MK Stalin has asked his party's workers to hoist black flags at the party office and homes to register their protest.

The four-day-long DefExpo is being held in the outskirts of Chennai, close to the temple town of Mahabalipuram.

A slew of black flag protests and release of black balloons across Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's one day visit today. He is being received by Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan. PM Modi is also fasting. Several regional party outfits too came out on the streets to protest, but were kept in check by the strong police force.

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